Bahrain police arrest scores in raid on ‘depraved and decadent’ gay event


More than 100 people have been arrested for attending a “depraved and decadent” party during an alleged gay wedding event in Bahrain, a small island country located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.

Gay NZ reports:

According to police sources some of the men were allegedly drunk, and others were described as wearing women’s clothing and make up.

The police are now said to be checking if any have a history of “debauchery or sodomy.”

According to the Gulf News, there were 127 arrests of mostly gay men, aged 18 to 30. They have been charged with “conduct against public morals.”

Most of the men are either Gulf nationals who traveled to Bahrain, or were living in Bahrain, and attended the event at the Hidd Sports Club last Thursday.

Homosexuality is banned in Bahrain, as in the other five Gulf Cooperation Council countries — Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — and foreigners arrested in relation to gay activities are deported after serving prison terms.

Until now, Bahrain has been considered to be relatively open minded, with more relaxed attitudes to social and sexual matters than the other Council states.

This Story Filed Under